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administration shows the last inspection of the west fertilizer plant happened in 1985, for a few violations osha considered serious, the company was find, wait for it. $30. 28 years seems like a very long time for osha inspections for a risky workplace. while the number of inspectors has grown under the obama administration, osha just has 2400 inspectors for 8 million work sites. roughly one inspector per 60,000 worke workers. we talked last night about f fatalities from terrorism and gun deaths and we didn't talk about workplace. 3,000 americans died from terror attacks and during that same time. 335,000 americans died from the hands of a gun and over 60,000 workplace deaths. you would think on the day after one workplace fired up an entire town, the man that works for president obama, the day he went before a senate committee, after a factory explosion not inspected for almost 30 years, perez would be asked about it and you would be wrong. during the entire hearing no one saw it relevant to raise a peep about west or osha. they did find time to ask about a favorite right wing bugaboo. total qu
were injured. carolyn merritt's investigation concluded that osha, the government agency created to safeguard workplaces, had no effective regulation on its books to deal with explosive dust. and she found that osha inspectors routinely overlook the hazard. did osha inspect that work site before the explosion? >> yes, osha had been in that facility. >> what did they find? >> they didn't find any dust issues. >> even when the dust was in plain sight, osha inspectors missed it. as they did at c.t.a., a plant that made soundproofing in corbin, kentucky, where the workplace had been covered in plastic dust. that factory exploded in february of 2003, killing seven. the chemical safety board determined that the cause was dust, ignited by an open oven. it was clear that they had a dust problem. >> it was clear there was a dust problem. >> help me understand. how does osha inspect that plant and not find a problem? >> the inspectors aren't trained to recognize dust as a critical, catastrophic potential hazard. >> bill hargraves was one of those osha inspectors until he retired this past
fertilizer plant happened in 1985. for a few violations that osha considered serious the company was fined, wait for it, $30. $30. 28 years seems like a long time between osha inspections for an inherently risky work place. according to the "new york times," while the number of inspectors has grown under the obama administration, osha has 2400 responsible for overseeing 8 million work sites. one inspector per 160,000 workers. a ratio that has not changed since '70 and the federal budget to protect workers is half of those set aside for protecting fish and wildlife. we talked about fatalities from terrorism and gun deaths. there is a category we didn't mention, work place fatalities. in 2010, 3,000 americans died from terror attacks and 335,000 americans died at the hands of a gun during the same time and 60,000 work place deaths. you would think on the day after one work place blew up an entire town that tom perez, president obama's new nominee for labor secretary, the department that oversees osha and looks out for people in dangerous work places all over the country, the day he went befo
. after the break, could the texas fertilizer plant explosion have been prevented? perhaps if osha had visited the west, texas facility at any point in the last 28 years. we'll discuss, next on "now." the recent increase in cafeteria prices is not cool. when you vote for flo, we'll have discounts. ice-cream discounts. multi-cookie discounts. pizza loyalty discounts! [ kids chanting "flo!" ] i also have some great ideas on car insurance. [ silence ] finding you discounts since back in the day. call or click today. i like her. >>> in the chaos following the boston marathon, hours before the city was put on lockdown, something terrible happened in texas, on april 17th, a fertilizer plant in the small town of west exploded, killing 14 and injuring over 160 people. it flattened homes within a five-block radius and destroyed nearby buildings, including a middle school and a nursing home. federal, state and local investigators are still looking into exactly what caused the fire and subsequent explosion. but early indicators point to the dangerous chemical ammonium nitrate, as well as widespre
problems we may dream of with regards to food stamps, housing assistance, welfare, osha will support, -- social support, the scapegoats for federal government problems. >> the federal government budget is like a federal -- family budget is that it goes up on small things like groceries. and the federal government, cutting back the mall things will make a difference and pr ograms. if you could cut spending from the overfunded programs, which programs would you redirect the money to? >> take it away from military ending and invest it in the nations infrastructure, roads, transportation networks, and in education. >> none. [laughter] i would cut spending to cut spending. toould not redirect it underfunded programs. we do not have that luxury. >> we cannot keep looking our children in the eye knowing that we are going to give them a diminished future because we are pending their money today. you may bewahy concerned about the future. you will pick up the tab or your grandparents. >> we need a solution. one that will help us on the road to recovery. here are ways we believe he can get the
breaking news for you, channel 2 news has learned that minutes ago cal osha has given chevron the go ahead to resume full operations at its richmond refinery. the refinery has been at 60% of its capacity since a fire there eight months ago. cal osha says it believes the plant is safe to operate fully. critics disagree though and plan to raise their concerns at a joint senate meeting in richmond in about an hour. again channel 2 just learned the chevron refinery in richmond can resume normal operations. >>> whole foods says it expects to finish its new distribution center in richmond this month and start hiring people. the 117,000 square footwear house will be located in the point pin noll regional business park at giant highway and atlas road, while most of the workers will be transferred from the current operation in san francisco the company says it plans to hire 30 to 40 more people and will host a job fair april 19th at the courtyard by marriott in richmond. >>> today on ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 we have a team of reporters at today's home opener for the giants. from the ceremonial f
, channel 2 news has learned that minutes ago cal osha has given chevron the go ahead to resume full operations at its richmond refinery. the refinery has been at 60% of its capacity since a fire there eight months ago. cal osha says it believes the plant is safe to operate fully. critics disagree though and plan to raise their concerns at a joint senate meeting in richmond in about an hour. again channel 2 just learned the chevron refinery in richmond can resume normal operations. >>> whole foods says it expects to finish its new distribution center in richmond this month and start hiring people. the 117,000 square footwear house will be located in the point pin noll regional business park at giant highway and atlas road, while most of the workers will be transferred from the current operation in san francisco the company says it plans to hire 30 to 40 more people and will host a job fair april 19th at the courtyard by marriott in richmond. >>> today on ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 we have a team of reporters at today's home opener for the giants. f
. the approval today nine months after a disastrous fire. >> well, yes that came from osha. and it just is the same day there was a meeting with east bay legislatures. the federal agency investigating the accidents in the nation told those east bay legislatures that the whole regulatory system in this state and nation needs an overhaul. the fire led to a handful of fines by a variety of agencies today, cal osha gave chevron the all clear to restart i -- restart a crude unit. legislatures called the meeting to focus on changes they might pursue to improve prevention of the kinds of accidents. the chemical safety board told them in no uncertain terms the state and nation's regulation of oil refineries focuses too much on reacting to problems and not enough on requiring companies to demonstrate save practices before being allowed to operate at all. chevron knew about the pipe and chose not to do anything about it. >> the whole system needs improving. there is no one component that doesn't need improvement to be part of a package. the life blood of safety is continuous improvement. >> chevr
happened to osha, which is the organization that oversees workplace hazards and really has the -- an eye out for the american worker, 86% -- i believe 86% fewer regulations were issued under bush. the man he appointed to head osha literally fell asleep on the job multiple times while he headed osha. the notion of regulation became a very bad thing under bush. and unfortunately, the story of what happened in west, texas is a story of what's happening to the american worker. who is now forced -- it's not just indignities, these are substandard wages they are making, these are highly hazardous conditions in many areas. i mean, and it's not just bp. this is the -- the workers in bangladesh who died in a fire making clothes for walmart. this is happening around the world. and it has to do with the way we treat the american worker and what we have done to unwind the safety mechanisms that are supposed to protect the american worker. >> so after this explosion, after these fatalities in this workplace, the governor of texas goes to chicago to lure business to texas. let's listen to what he says
, the there wan a catastrophic oversight. osha had not inspected the company since 1985 and the homeland security was not properly overseeing the nitrate on the site, the same stuff that tim mcveigh used to blow up oklahoma city. and last year the west fertilizer company stored 270 tons of it. and maybe craziest of all the town zoning. a community grew up right next to this bomb. what was a high school doing within 2,000 feet of it? a middle school and hospital were even closer and practically right on top, a nursing home, one of the buildings that was destroyed in the blast. what kind of thought went into something like this? joining me now is the greatest journalist in all of america amy goodman, host and executive producer of democracy now, the news show airing on 1,000 stations around the world. i'm honored you're joying us on "viewpoint." >> it's great. thank you. >> john: thank you very much. you've been covering this story on your show and you mentioned the oversights that we ran through. what else have you found? >> first of all, we should be talking about this in light of what happened i
in the housework force committee are reintroducing legislation to expand observe -- osha coverage. civil penalties will be adjusted. the bill authorizing prosecutions for employ qlorz knowingly violate the regs and it would require osha to investigate all cases of death and serious injuries. miller said today the texas explosion is just the latest reminder communities have a great deal at stake. >> communities all over the country and bay area. thank you very much. >> we want to take you back new to west texas. abc 7 news has been there seeing what is go owe going on. how is the community reacting to this devastation?>> they're resilient here, we've got into town this morning and folks are lining up to get some supplies and we ran into a father and son. the fa himse was very clto the explosion. he helped evacuate thatold folks hometerday. and now, he is ck today with his son tried to help out others in this community. his house is okay. we're about a half mile from the plant. that is the plant this is about as close as you can get at this point. federal, state, local emergency investigators and wo
.s. sector are three times that of europe. >> three cal osha inspectors spent the week at the refinery, giving chevron the all clear to repair the crude unit damaged in the fire. contra costa county supervisor says the health department be doing a top to bottom audit of the refinery. >> we want to make sure that their history caused us concern so that is why we need to make sure that some the bottom up practices are safe, that is what this will allow to us see and enforce. >> so, though the refinery cleared the osha inspectors it's still under the scrutiny of the county. chevron says though it's been given the all clear to restart it's not yet and not giving a date for when it will.
this week that chevron was ready for us to conduct reviews. >> reporter: cal osha could allow chevron to reopen the unit as soon as tomorrow. with all of the work now done and regulatory approval imminent, we asked chevron, can we come into the refinery and show everyone the work that you've done? chevron's response? no. >> is the chevron refinery, in your view, safe and ready to open? >> no. >> reporter: the senior scientist for the consumer and labor advocacy group commented. >> chevron should have found and fixed all of the risks. they should have installed inherently safer, more corrosion resistant piping materials throughout the refinery. and they should have committed to using the least corrosive products. >> reporter: the director of the labor occupational health program also commented. >> the way that this industry is being regulated in california needs to be completely rethought. >> reporter: tomorrow, wilson will present this report to a joint state legislative hearing in richmond, outlaying 41 other post-richmond incidents in california's accident-prone refinery industry. >
. while in beijing, we had a number of good meetings, the first was with china osha shipping company. we didn't meet with staff, we met with the chairman way who is a very impressive fellow and he did explain to us, we told him about our bulk operation, he said that costco has the largest bulk fleet in the world and he negotiated to have this done in the port project. lastly one of the highlights of the trip professionally it was a highlight for me too was commission adams through his connections, his friendship, really set up a meeting with am bass bassador with the us embassy. they were so gracious with their time. he went an hour with him in his chambers with a number of his commercial staff, department of commerce staff, to discuss trade and labor issues, our port. he was a very interested guy and it was a fantastic meeting. so we had a good meeting but now the real hard work beginnings, we have a lot of follow up. we have a meeting with shanghai who are coming to san francisco to meet with us. we have to follow up with costco and we need to forward some contracts to governor brown'
. it is great to see that osha and the federal government, through its practices, is decreasing the number of people who get hurt when they go to work. that is good. people should put in a good day of work for a fair salary. and the deaths also are decreasing. but as that is happening overall within our workplace population, it is increasing among latinos. that is, more latinos die every day working somewhere. and latinos tend to get hurt more. it is an increase. from a macro perspective, great -- the workforce is safer. on the perspective of latinos, it is not as safe. i want to follow up, starting with the notion that to hispanics per day -- 2 hispanics per day die in the workplace. it is a moral disgrace that this happens on this country on a daily basis. jumping straight to immigration, talk to me more about the way these workers are exploited, maltreated, and at times killed on the job. it is fact is that happening. the statistics bear it out. they do not get the training they should get. -- how not understand would i say? they are not trained and inspired to dial 911, and call to pro
for safety concerns. cal osha cited did it dis any land saying the park failed to correct known fall hazards on exterior of the space mountain ride. disney closed space mountain, matter horn and soaring over california. the company says waits ought out of caution. matter horn reopened on sunday. disney is the parent company of abc 7. >> still to come on abc 7 news at 5:00 latest development on breaking news story. >> deadly >>> we want to update you on the latest information on the boston bombings today. two small portable devices were used. >> two people were killed in the attack. one of them an 8-year-old boy. the number of injured is 115 and a 12-year-old boy is among them but his friends say he's going to be okay. >> and one of the bomb disposal units for the investigation. >> the abc news world news is going to have full coverage coming up next and a special one hour report and we'll update you on abc 7 news at 6:30. >> so stay tuned for that. again, diane sawyer will be an hour, we'll be back after that. our next newscast at 6:30. matching. -- thanks for watching. from all of us here,
that cal osha wants nearly $1 million in fines. that will probably be a drop in the bucket based on the civil li near and some 10,000 or around the refinery are going to be seeking compensation. >> before we move on, chevron has been very active in terms of being out in the community in richmond since this happened. e face and een trying tbeicnd s natitionsand ttinties btle gog with theesents of ric neighborhoods and the area that is dealing with theefineries for a long time and chevron? >> chevron's wide scale public insefore and after -- the ople in rhmd kn chevron the place that people hated. they tried to soften that. to which effect it is unclear. we hear about people who are unhappy. >> they devalued the people ut environmen ood?ow a racism. wseng at play? >> the consensus is chevron was there first. people moved there. nobody thinks moving there should cost them their he other into operty values. they do provide a lot of money to the city of richmond. they look at it fr different perspectives. >> this is the draft interim ort and the chemical bd ha a long way to go from h
thing right now that cal osha wants nearly $1 million in fines. that will probably be a drop in the bucket based on the civil liability given some 10,000 or so folks who live near and around the refinery are going to be seeking compensation. >> before we move on, chevron has been very active in terms of being out in the community in richmond since this happened. they have been trying to be public and save face and donating to local organizations and getting involved in charities. how is that public relations battle going on with the residents of richmond and those neighborhoods and the area that is dealing with the refineries for a long time and chevron? >> chevron's wide scale public relations campaign before and after -- the people in richmond knows that chevron is the place that people hated. they tried to soften that. to which effect it is unclear. we hear about people who are unhappy. >> they devalued the people of that neighborhood? we know about environmental racism. are we seeing that at play? >> the consensus is chevron was there first. people moved there. nobody thi
they chosed the rides in the wake of a report from cal osha that cited the park for olations t stemd from a november incident where a work was seriously injured while performing exterior maintenance on the space mountain ride. they completed assessment reports in august 2006 and failed to adquitly correct these known fall hazards that were on the exterior of space mountain. >> that is what companies need to do. they need to take responsibility, in australia we are big for that. you need to look after your cast members, employees. >> an inconvenience for us but they are working here every day so, it is important they have a good work environment. >> disney received notification and currently working with the aeuplgs to review them. in a statement they said we constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for cast members and workers. >> if they are closing it down for safety it is better to be safe than sorry. that is what i would go by. >> reporter: disneyland reopened the mattahorn ride this afternoon. the other two will remain chosed pending the outcome of a review. kpix-5. >>>
closed the rides following a report from cal osha that cited the theme park for safety v violations. you need to look after your cast members, your employees. >> the state crack down for failure to correct problems cited last november that led to worker being injured. only that mattered re-opened yesterday after some careful inspections. construction crews have been working for months. today the casino starts taking applications. they expect high about 2,000 people. the potential is they'll be need for services for these people who will be living here and hopefully a lot of them will be living. >> the $850 million casino is expected to open later this year. >> casinos are everywhere now. >> i know. >> coming up apologizing for derogatory comment at last night's game. >>> plus the masters needed over time to decide a winter we have got that stunning finish. >> and gorilla come face to face, who comes out on top of this rather bizarre match up on this monday morning. we'll be right back. new meaning to the phrase " goose chase". this video, captured by zookeepers in kansas, shows a full gr
ahead. cal-osha delivered the okay after an extensive study of chevron's repairs and safety systems. a massive fire destroyed an essential crude distill layings unit at the refinery. the company has been running the refinery at a reduced capacity. the end of june appears to be the restart date. >>> a major earthquake shook new guinea about 8:45 our time, a little more than two hours ago. it measured 7.1 in magnitude. the epicenter was in a remote region. there are no reports of injuries or damage, and there are no tsunami warnings esh youd. >>> the government of north korea is advising foreign officials to evacuate their embassy staff saying their safety could be at risk. the british embassy in pea -- in pyongyang say they have been warned. north korea said it was made in the event of conflict from april 10th. the government lead by kim jong-un issued the advisory as the u.s. monitors two medium range missiles moved to the east coast of north korea. >>> it is months in the making and next wednesday, days after his 75th birthday, governor brown will make his first trade trip to china
. the plant has been running at 60% capacity while cal osha state regulators investigated the explosion and fire last august. the u.s. chemical safety board also revealed that that disaster was caused by a corroded pipe and faulted the state and chevron. >>> 25 violations. 23 of those were serious. 11 of those were both serious and willful. >> that disaster sent up a huge plume of dangerous smoke. 15,000 people received medical atengsz now involved in a class action lawsuit. >>> and finally tonight, what happened in atherton is staying in atherton. plenty of people buzzing about the president. >> during a fundraiser yesterday, president obama raised some eyebrows when he called california's kamala harr harris, quote, the best-looking attorney general in the country. of course, he said it was just a joke. and then michelle says well, here's another. what's black and white and sleeps on the couch? >> all right, you can watch that segmented at 12:35 tonight. have a great weekend. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure do
in a few minutes. >> thank you, spencer. >>> chevron has the go ahead. cal-osha delivered the okay after an extensive study of chevron's repairs and safety systems. a massive fire destroyed an essential crude distill layings unit at the refinery. the company has been running the refinery at a reduced capacity. the end of june appears to be the restart date. >>> a major earthquake shook new guinea about 8:45 our time, a little more than two hours ago. it measured 7.1 in magnitude. the epicenter was in a remote region. there are no reports of injuries or damage, and there are no tsunami warnings esh youd. >>> the government of north korea is advising foreign officials to evacuate their embassy staff saying their safety could be at risk. the british embassy in pea -- in pyongyang say they have been warned. north korea said it was made in the event of conflict from april 10th. the government lead by kim jong-un issued the advisory as the u.s. monitors two medium range missiles moved to the east coast of north korea. >>> it is months in the making and next wednesday, days after his 75th birth
% capacity as state regulators conducted an investigation. cal osha regulates safety said today it has completed its probe and chevron could take the refinery back to 100% production. >> that was the last regulatory process for us to ensure that there's no imminent hazard to workers in the chevron refinery. >> reporter: gas prices soared to $4 a gallon following the disaster in august and some analysts pointed to the decreased production at the plant responsible for about 15% of the state's gasoline. the u.s. chemical safety board also revealed today findings of the explosion and fire caused by a corroded pipe they faulted both chevron and state regulators for not doing enough to prevent the disaster saying, quote, there were a number of internal opportunities for chevron and others to do things differently and prevent this incident. these steps were not taken and are not required under current law. >> that fell through the cracks? if we knew that the corrosion existed, why wasn't action taken? >> reporter: the state senator hancock wanted to increase fines for future disasters like th
.s. sector are three times that of europe. >> 3 cal/osha inspector spent this week at the refinery and gave chevron the all clear to restart the repaired crude unit danieled in the fire. chevron says it has not restarted it yet and isn't giving a date for when it will. contra costa county supervisor john joy says the health department will be doing a top to bottom audit of the refinery. >> we weren't to the make sure that they operate safely and history recently caused us some concern. so that's why we need to make sure that from the bottom up the practices are safe and that's what this audit will allow to us see and allow us to enforce. >>reporter: so even though the refinery has cleared the osha inspector, still under the scrutiny of the county for some time. chevron says even though it has been given all clear to restart the crude unit it has not yet and it's not giving a date for when it will. in richmond, heather, abc 7 news. >>> after hours of searching police this evening arrested a bank robber in san jose. robbery took place just after 1:00 o'clock at the wells fargo on bran l
destruction. to our satisfaction -- >> reporter: but cal osha emphasizes that is not a sign off on the overall safety of the refinery as a whole, in fact , the organization told state and local lawmakers they still have some key concerns with chevron, namely the companys ability to respond to identified hazards, like corroded pipes in this case, it was reported in 20 02 and recommend is that it be replaced the was never replaced. it was extremely corroded. >> reporter: chevrons actions before during and after the pipe burst also has the u.s. chemical safety board concerned. the chemical safety board wants to see more rigourous regulation requiring companies like chevron to continually review their operations and make ongoing changes to reduce risks. for its part, chevron is pleased that the water has been lifted. but they will not even say when it will be back in full of rationed but some time before the end of the month of june. in richmond, dan kerman, kron 4. >> we are excited if you can not get excited on opening day? check for a pulse >> ".go giants!" >> pam: the world champion giants. re
the last time osha regulators performed a full safety inspection at the west fertilizer company was nearly 28 years ago. last night we told you the plant had more than 1300 times the legally allowed amount of the highly explosive ammonium nitrate but hadn't told the department of homeland security of the danger. this week the dallas morning news in an article with the headline west fertilizer company environmental compliance problems go back decades is reporting that 1984 the company moved two large pressurized tanks of liquid anhydrous ammonia a potentially lethal poison from a site in nearby hill county to the current location in west without notifying state authorities. it was seven years later for texas regulators to even take notice. in an interview with the associated press yesterday governor perry dismissed the notion that the west, texas explosion could have been prevented if regulators and inspectors had done their jobs better saying quote people through elected officials clearly send the message of their comfort with the amount of oversight. today we learned that the first two of
was damaged by an explosion last august. earlier this year, cal osha fined the company. >>> just into the newsroom this morning, facebook just wrapped up an announcement in menlo park. >> despite the rumors, it's not a phone or an operating system. scott mcgrew says it's a super app? >> a super app. that's about right. what facebook announced today was an app for the android phone that takes over your lock screen and your home screen. bottom line is it makes your phone facebookier. sort of like flip board with an experience on your main screen, this is how mark zuckerberg sees the phone currently. he's dissatisfied with this idea. he's come up with something better. here he is making the announcement a short time ago. >> so today we're going to talk about this new experience for your phone. it's a family of apps and you can install it and it becomes the home of your phone. we're calling this home. >> so there you go. this idea, home, will be an option for android phones. there's no chance apple would let an outside company take over a phone the way the home app does. home will be
. the plant had been running at just 60% capacity while cal osha state regulators investigated the explosion and fire last august. the u.s. chemical safety board faulted both chevron and state regulators for not doing enough to prevent the disaster. >> not only did cal osha find 25 violations, 23 of those were serious, and 11 of those were both serious and willful. >> that disaster sent up a huge plume of dangerous smoke which sent more than 15,000 people to seek medical attention. most of them now joining in a class action lawsuit. the chemical safety board says it will release more detailed findings in the next few weeks and is holding a public meeting on april 19th. >>> the world champion san francisco giants dazzling fans in the bay area once again. they scored a big win in their home opener against the st. louis cardinals. now, much of it was thanks to barry zito who hasn't lost a start since august of last year. the g-men beat the cardinals 1-0. they'll be back at att park for game two this afternoon. >>> and coming up this morning on "today in the bay," we talked to the faithful fans
many reports from this accident in california cca, cal osha. >> the chevron richmond fire in august of last year threw a huge plume of smoke over the region, sent thousands of people to the hospital. today the company submit aid final report that spelled out causes and changes is required by law after any accident like this one. >> one of the things we all about is the high school. the issue is how chevron makes appropriate decisions to replace the pipe before the corrosion causes a leak. that is... a process issue, a decision making issue. >> the report doesn't offer anything new on the cause, it started when a pipe failed and leaking hydrocarbon erupted. among changes, enhanced inspection procedures, and internal kmumpxz review, better training program and a protocol for reacting to laekz. county health services says chevron fulfilled obligations but there will still be an independent third party audit of the refinery. >> and also they're looking at human factors and human factors are where humans make an errors. >> the chemical safety board will be releasing it's report on monday
citations from cal osha. those citations related to an employee injured last year prmpling maintenance on space mountain. another ride investigated matter horn bob sleds was reopened yesterday. soar over california, you're a big fan? >> i am. >> she was describing it to me. i've got to check it out. >> you should. high wind advisory in the weather department. that took affect a few minutes ago. >> right at 11:. good morning to you at home. thanks for joining us. we have really strong winds particularly at the immediate coast. san francisco registering 19 miles an hour. that's sustained speeds. closer 35, 45, 50 miles an hour to ramp up through the second half of the day. what's happening is the jet stream is taking a significant drop. we have these really gusty winds with a tight pressure gradient as a result. in addition to that you could get caught under a stray shower. it's going to be very unstable forth next 24 hours. as a result 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts in the forecast. the future cast tells the story, we saw the clock at 5:00 p.m. that's when the wind added strong. can you see
to break. investigators called for increased regulatory oversight pointing out cal osha conducted three inspections lasting only 150 hours in total in the six years before this fire. none of the inspections resulted in citations nor fines. >>> today is tax day and uncle sam expects to hear from you by midnight. either turn in those tax forms or file an extension. a sign of the changing times here, five bay area post offices scheduled extended hours for tonight. see more than 80% of taxpayers now file online, but still post office workers say they usually see a last-minute flurry of activity right before that midnight deadline. >> it's guaranteed we'll be crazy like it was the last several years since i've been doing this job and people will be rushing in at the last minute right before midnight handing in their tax returns. >> in san francisco the main post office there on evans street are scheduled to stay open till midnight. down in san jose the post office is open till 10:00 and the oakland post office on 7th street is open till 10:00, as well. up in petaluma the post office is sched
that are faulty. >> even cal osha says there are 2,000 places where corrosion is clamped, like patching a bicycle tire except this is a lot more dangerous. >> reporter: the chemical safety board has recommended that chevron repair other pipes that show corrosion but there are no strong laws that the company do so. i did receive an e-mail late this evening from a chevron spokesperson with new information and i want to share this with you. it says there are six new steps that the company is taking, including inspecting the entire refinery and replacing pipes as necessary, and implementing a new protocol for evaluating leaks. we have the entire list for you on our website, ktvu.com. . >>> a few dozen people stood underneath a bridge protesting the death of bert. protesters claimed that the nets caltrans put under the bridge killed swallows. the nets were put up to prevent the swallows from nesting during the highway 101 widening project. advocates say caltrans should be using teflon sheeting not nets to keep the birds away. >> the department of transportation has two published studies of alternative
relations board and the office of economic equal opportunity commission and osha and epa and everyone else just seem to consistently be trying to pile new regulations on small businesses. some of the other proposals coming out that we were anxious to get a chance to talk about, there's so much communication right now about the new immigration reform and, of course, some of our members are concerned with patent reform, businesses have new products and have trouble getting patents. they fight big businesses who seem too much the edge on those things. >> hey, chris, can i ask can you a question? do you think the administration has a real sense of how some of these policies affect small business? look, when you're writing them down on paper, you're in washington and europe not the guy running the dry-cleaner in cleveland, you may not think all the way down to what does this mean to that particular person. do you think anyone there is really paying attention to the nitty-gritty? >> you know, i honestly think they're paying attention but you can't have the empathy for the circumstances that we u
. >> the state has given the go head for chevron to resume full operations at it's richmond refinery. >> cal osha reviewed the repairs and process safety safety systems. >> since last august, a massive fire knocked out a crude distillation unit. chevron hasn't given a date but indications are it could be by the end of june. a public meeting to discuss findings about the fire ended and we'll have a live report on that meeting at abc 7 news at 5:00 and 6:00. >> and shock out of oakland. superintendent of schools tony smith announced his resignation. he became superintendent of oakland unified school district four years ago, citing family reasons for stepping down. they're leaving for chicago by the end of june to care for his aling father-in-law. >> he's not leaving for another job. and in fact, and he has no job there. he will be unemployed. and so that is... the -- that is sole reason for leaving is for family consideration. >> smith is a cal grad, played for football team, previously worked for san francisco and emoriville school districts. >> workers mourning the loss of quinn boyer, a paramedi
at the facility last august. production was scaled back so ical/osha could conduct an agency. they were given the green light and should be back to full production in june. >> that was the last regulatory process for us to ensure that there's no imminent hazard to workers at the chevron refinery. it now means that chevron is able to start up operation in their crude unit again. >> gas prices soared over $4 a gallon immediately following the disaster in august. some analysts are predicting gas prices in california could go down this summer when chevron resumes full production. >>> also today, the u.s. chemical safety board once again said the explosion and fire was caused by a corroded pipe. that report also said chevron failed to stop what investigators called a preventable accident. several residents have filed a lawsuit against the oil giant. >>> it was caught on camera. a man driving a stolen taxicab, leading officers on a wild chase. police say the thief jumped into this cab near the san francisco state campus overnight. the cab driver had left his engine running while he helped a sick cu
osha lifted a ban preventing the use of chevron's crude unit number four. this is file video of the explosion. six people suffered minor injuries and more than 15- thousand people went to the hospital complaining of difficulty breathing. it took more than one-point- two-million hours and 242- days to finish the repairs. according to a technical report the fire was caused by a corroded steel pipe. >> an underground explosion in san francisco damaged a car in san francisco. and left people nearby a little shaken up. two manhole covers blew off and went flying into the air after a power cable seperated from itself. the manholes took the bumper off of a rental car. no one was ihurt but streets near bush and stockton were closed for several hours. a hairdresser who was working nearby describes what she heard. >> we were in the middle of a blow dry and the lights were flickering off and often of a sudden that this huge boom. we ran in the back we thought that the windows were going to shatter be cut it was pretty intense. >> yes i am still".a little shaken " the explosion left 21-
's agencies like osha that tends to make sure workers aren't maimed, killed or disabled because their employers are looking to cut corners. an issue today at a federal court in philadelphia is what might be one of the most dangerous workplaces in all of america. the football field. the complaint of these former players is that they are alleging the company the nfl looked the other way and fed the risk of concussions and long-term affects. the argument is about whether this case should be heard in court. the nfl claims that the league hid the risk of concussions long before a label arbitrator. paul clement, who just argued before doma, represents the league and told anita brodey this case is quote, at bottom, a case about workplace safety where issues were addressed in collective bargaining agreements. the attorney for the players disagreed and said the nfl breached its duty of due care. the judge allows the case to go forward, a $9 billion industry stands to be revolutionized and with it our culture's acceptance that money is made off of. joining me live from decatur, georgia, a
-- >> >>> tonight, two popular rides at disneyland remain closed. disneyland resorts say the citations from cal osha are related to the injury of a space mountain maintenance worker in october. the park voluntarily closed three rides. today, the matterhorn reopened, but no word on when the other two rides will reopen. >> >> former president bush has a new title, granddaughter. his daughter, jenna and her husband welcomed a new baby. the baby is named for the baby's grandmother, barbara. but is called mila in short. >> >> an i phone worth millions of dollars. >> >> windy weather across the bay area. our meteorologist will have more on the wind advisory set to take effect tomorrow. . >>> ski and snowboard season officially closed at sugar board. the resort held festivities all weekend long to show appreciation. but for those after id skiers and snowboarders, passes for next season are already available. >> >> put away the snow skis and break out the water skis. >> >> let's check in with mark. it's winy out there. >> >> guess what they have in the forecast? snow. a weather system that will be moving in
will be continuing to follow that story. mike of "in these times" and celeste, former osha analyst. that's all for "all in." rachel maddow now. >> thank you for following up on that. we will have much more on what a's happening in west texas. >> i will go watch. >> thank you for staying with us the next hour. this is a remote controlled car. most remote controlled cars like most everyday electronics that we use, they run on conventional batteries. plug an aaa battery into the hand-set, plug another aaa batteries into the car itself, you're up and running doing remote controlled stuff micro-sized. if you happen to get one like i did this year, a couple aaa batteries pretty much does the trick. if you're really into remote controlled cars, if you're a remote controlled vehicle hobbyist, that might not be enough. you might instead use a battery that looks like this, a c sized nickel battery made specifically for things like remote controlled toys and marketed to have a very long cycle life and rapid battery charge-up. this particular battery is a rechargeable battery that can last more than a wee
inspected that fertilizer facility was 28 years ago. think progress reports, osha is chronically understaffed, which means that a given plant like west fertilizer can only expect to get a state inspection once every 67 years, on average. the "dallas morning news" reports that in 2011, the fertilizer facility told the environmental protection agency and local officials that it presented no risk of fire or explosion, the worst possible scenario, the report said, would be a ten-minute release of ammonia gas that would kill or injure no one. president obama called texas governor rick peri from air force one on his way to boston this morning and released this statement. today our prayers go out to the people of west, texas in the aftermath of last night's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant, a tight knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. governor perry has declared the area a disaster zone. >> west is a -- is a really small community. and just a few thousand people. anyone who grew up like your dad did, doc, and a small town like west,
essentially these folks did anything similar, that is what we wanted to hear. osha -- are to talk about it, and industrial investigation, industrial safety, tried very hard to do some homework, and they had their reasons. and on the web. and they are able to fight the fire if they had taken a recommendation so fee-for-service, protested that. effect will report which many people think this is factual was done by a large group, to induce lessons learned, and talks about it was hard to do an investigation and report on it accurately in the short period of time. the other thing, what i leave you with, investigators, and the automobile accident. and what happened and interview them and they will come of with two different stories that not even resemble, each one of us at a different position, different time has a piece of the puzzle. and did different things. ask them to do different tasks doing those things. and everything we looked at, and everything -- in the interview, we pull the little bit of a different story. they are all there, different story. some of those things, we dug 3 it is dis
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